Why We Exist
In the United States and around the world, the endeavor for social change and the dismantling of oppressive systems has largely been seen as the responsibility of people in marginalized identity groups. Racial justice has been seen as an issue for minorities to deal with, but not for the majority. However, individuals with dominant group identities also have a critical role to play in dismantling oppressive structures. So, it has been with this understanding that we have sought to reconceptualize our internal structures and rewire our understanding of our place and role in the world. Our ultimate hope is see liberty for both the oppressor and the oppressed from a system of oppression.
What We Do
The center for Race and Justice in Higher Education (RJHE) orients social justice through the lens of race and ethnicity. We examine the multiple facets of racial justice efforts at institutions of higher education, as well as explore ongoing activities, resistance, and challenges to diversity, equity, and change. RJHE builds on existing research and literature on racial justice advocacy work, including Critical Race Theory, Critical White Studies, and additional alternative identity development theories.
Our research documents experiences of racial justice allies across a broad array of both faith-based and non-sectarian institutions. Our research extends out beyond the United States, and examines racial justice efforts, policies, and practices in Canada, Australia, and other countries in the Pacific Rim.
Who We Serve
While the primary audience for RJHE is higher education institutions, we believe the research and resources developed by the center can serve people beyond are primary audience. Organizations, institutions, and business that recognize the increasing need for diversity and inclusion will find practical material produced by the center based on sound, cutting edge research and theory.
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